Compromise

By Elder Freddie Boen

Compromise is a very effective work of Satan. We certainly need to be aware of his tactics in the church today. Do not ever get the idea that just because you are in the worship service on a regular basis that he will leave you alone? In fact; he probably will confront you even more. I would like to look at four compromises that Moses was faced with in his dealings with Pharaoh as recorded in the book of Exodus.

In Ex. 5:1 we learn that God had required that Israel hold a feast unto Him. This will set the tone for the things that Moses will now have to face. Moses comes before Pharaoh and states that he is to let the Lord’s people go that they may hold a feast unto him. Pharaoh refuses and in chapter seven the plagues begin. After the fourth plague comes the first compromise. Ex. 8:25, And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the Land. Moses had requested that they go three days journey into the wilderness in Ex. 5:3. Pharaoh now states that there is no use for this kind of a trip, just stay here and do your thing. Satan will tell us that we do not need to go any where. There is no need to drive across town or even to another place a long way off. Stay close to home. After all, you have worked hard all week and you need a day of rest. You have earned it, stay home and read the paper or watch a football game. Notice Moses’ response in verse 26 and 27. He would not compromise.

In verse 28 is the second compromise. Pharaoh now is willing to let them go but don’t go far. Just a little way. Now that you decide to go on to the worship service don’t go very far or stay too long. Get back to the things of the world as soon as you can. Again, notice Moses’ answer in verse 27. We will go three days journey. There is no compromise here.

The third compromise is in Ex. 10:11. Take note of the part that states, go ye now that are men. In other words leave the kids at home, no need to take them. I love the way Moses states this in verse nine. We will go with our young and our old. We will not be separated. When the Lord established the New Testament Church he did so in a very simple manner. No separated congregations. We worship as a family. No nurseries, but as we come we teach our children the great importance of going to the house of God. This is not a time of play but of worship. It is a time to sit and listen to the songs and to what the man of God is saying to us in the sermon. Notice that this compromise takes place after the eighth plague.

After the ninth plague we come to the fourth and last compromise. In Ex 10:24 Pharaoh now tells Moses that they can go, and go the distance and with the young and old, only let your herds and flocks remain. Now, just how is Israel going to hold a feast and make a sacrifice if they have no herds or flocks. When one decides to go on to the services and takes the young and old, Satan will again enter the picture and tell you not to contribute financially to church. After all, you worked hard for that money so why not use it on what you desire. In verse 25 and 26 Moses reaffirms his dedication to the Lord. We are going all the way with everything. We will leave nothing behind. Do you get the idea that this lesson sets forth the thought of total commitment to the Lord? If you have, then our time has been well spent, for that is just the lesson I think this teaches.

Now let me hasten to add that I do think in some areas we need some flexibility and longsuffering. However when it comes to the things God has told us to do and then Satan comes along and tries to get us to compromise we should stand firm and follow God. Please read these chapters in Ex and I trust the Lord will open your understanding to these truths.

In His name,

Elder Freddy Boen

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DID GOD REALLY SAY THAT?

by Don R. Richards

Early in the Book of Genesis, a question is posed that essentially asks the question: "Did God really say that? Surely he did not mean it."

That question was asked of Eve, and I have learned over the years that I can identify a lot with the situation Eve found herself in. I have been deceived into discontent because I have listened to Satan pose that same question to me.

In the first verse of the third chapter of Genesis we learn that "the serpent was more subtle (i.e. cunning or crafty) than any beast of the field" which God made. Satan was the serpent who approached Eve in the Garden of Eden and tempted her to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The serpent posed the question:

"Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Gen. 3:1.

Eve responded that she and Adam could eat of all trees except the one forbid­den tree in the middle of the Garden: "God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." Gen. 3:3.

To which the serpent responded: "Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good from evil." Gen. 3:4-5.

We know what happened next: Eve ate from the fruit and gave it also to Adam.

Has Satan ever posed that question to you? He has to me; and I wish I could say that I have fallen for it only once.

The Lord has provided for us instruction as to how we are to conduct our lives through the Scripture. From the Ten Commandments through the Sermon on the Mount and the prophets and apostles' writings, we are provided guidance in the conduct of our lives. We usually know the things we are not supposed to do because the Lord has told us.

But then Satan comes along and asks us: "Did God really say that? Surely he did not mean it, because God knows you will learn and enjoy what he has forbidden you to do."

The Lord gives us the guidance to be content with our lives. Satan finds ways to deceive us into discontent. We are tempted to do things we know are wrong because of our curious nature and carnal desires. Satan understands this weakness well.

Instead of focusing on the many blessings we have been given by the Lord, we instead are deceived into focusing on those worldly things we can not have, and usually do not enjoy that much after we get them.

We could learn from the teachings in First Corinthians, where the Apostle Paul tells us the lesson he learned about desiring those things we can not, or should not, have: "...for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content." I Cor. 4:11.

Our lives would be much simpler if we could learn that lesson. Most of the problems we find ourselves in is because we have not learned to be content with the state in which we are in. We are tempted into discontent and are miserable.

It is not hard to identify the people around us who have learned this lesson. They are happy. They are content.

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Russellism

The Gospel Messenger—June 1914

I believe the Russellites are known as Jehovah's Witnesses today. If I am mistaken about that I hope someone will correct me. Anyway, read what Elder Hassell has to say about them in 1914. DM

Russellism (called “Millennial Dawn­ism”, but should be called Natural Halun­cinationism) is the heathenish, false religion invented by Charles Taze Russell, (born in Allegheny, Pa., February 16, 1852, but re­cently moved to Brooklyn, N. Y.), a mot­ley combination of Unitarianism, Arminian­ism, Apostasy, Universalism, Second Probationism, Swedenborgainism, Annihila­tionism.

This is one of the greatest religious money making inventions of modern times. By the “Zion Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society,” and by the “United States Investment Company,” both of which he is almost the sole owner, Russell has made and holds millions of dollars. He first suc­ceeded his father as a dry goods merchant in Allegheny, Pa., and then began lectur­ing on the Bible, finding this latter business far more profitable. By his own confes­sion in open court, at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he has only a common school edu­cation, and knows nothing whatever of Hebrew or Greek or any other ancient lan­guage; yet he criticizes the Bible transla­tions of the greatest scholars; takes from and adds to the language of the Bible as he pleases; changes the plain meaning of words and makes the Bible mean just what he pleases. He is not a member, much less the “pastor” of any church, and has no church, but claims about one hundred thou­sand followers, mostly in the United States and Canada, and a few in Europe.

He publishes a semi-monthly paper called “Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence,” and numerous tracts, of which 190,000,000 pages have been distributed in several modern lan­guages in America and Europe; and from 1886 to 1904 he published in six volumes what he calls “Studies in the Scriptures,” (generally known as “Millennial Dawnism”) of which 2,084,500 copies have been sold.

In December 1912, he sued a Baptist preacher named J. J. Ross, of Hamilton, Canada, for libeling him in a leaflet pub­lished in June, 1912; and in January, 1912, he sued the ‘Brooklyn [N.Y.] Eagle” for libel; but in each case the jury gave him no damages. In each suit it was proven that he was a falsifier, a perjurer, a schem­ing and fraudulent money maker; that he sold, or had others to sell for him, ordinary wheat under the name of “Miracle” wheat for sixty dollars a bushel; and that his wife had obtained a divorce from him, with alimony, for cruelty and extremely improper relations with other young women.

His doctrines contradict almost every fundamental truth of the Christian religion, denying the proper deity, incarnation, res­urrection, ascension, and high priestly in­tercession of the Lord Jesus Christ, the future advent of Christ, the personality, deity, and work of the Holy Spirit, the trinity, and the atonement made through the death and risen life of Christ, and pre­tends that his second coming took place in 1874, and that his dead saints arose in 1878; that the “times of the Gentiles” will end in October, 1914, (but he now says it may be in 1915 or 1916, or a few years later), and all the wicked dead will arise, and that the gospel will be preached to them, and they will have a “second chance” to repent, and nearly all will believe and be saved, and those who do not believe will be annihilated; so that no human being, af­ter death, will be punished or suffer for sin.

At these false “doctrines of devils,” (1 Tim. 4:1-2), all captivated by the devil will rejoice and be encouraged to go on in their sinful career.

Russellism is one of the latest and most popular forms of heathenism. Those who believe it are heathens. No one has to go to foreign countries to preach to heath­ens—the United States and England are full of them.

Those truths about Russell may be seen in these pamphlets: “All About One Russell,” “Some Facts and More Facts About the Self-Styled Pastor, Charles T. Russell,” and I. M. Haldeman’s “Millennial Dawnism,” and the paper, “The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.” These pamphlets may be had for ten cents each, and the paper for five cents, from ...

Charles C. Cook,
150 Nas­sau Street,
New York.

Elder S. HASSELL

Submitted by Elder David Montgomery





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